Audio Engineering at Prestonwood Baptist Church is no small task. Between the 7,000 seat auditorium, in-ear monitoring needs, and broadcast audio, the system is complex and excellence is the expectation. To understand the team's needs and requirements we worked closely with Mike Smith, the Live Production Lead at PBC. After understanding the current pain points and limitations of their previous system our design team was able to swiftly design a system that would increase the efficiency of weekly workflows and leverage the networking capabilities between the two campuses.
At each of the three stations – Front of House, Monitor, and Broadcast – Paragon 360 installed DiGiCo SD7 Quantumn consoles and redundant Wave servers. Utilizing virtual soundcheck, engineers can save valuable time by using previously recorded tracks to fine-tune the mix prior to musicians and singers arriving for rehearsal. The SD7 also allows sessions to be saved and loaded, which can be especially useful for Broadcast, ensuring that the optimizations made each week are saved for future services. The redundant wave servers assigned to each engine of the SD7 allow for a seamless backup of premium digital processing in case of any failure.
SD Racks installed across the campus allow flexibility when feeding into the system, and an existing fiber-optic network was utilized and modified to provide an Optocore networking system while maintaining PBC's preference of a physical patch system.